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Popcorn Pinwheel Bedspread

The Crocheter's Treasure Chest

Are you looking for the pattern??

After seeing Frances Johnson’s creation,I must admit I was enamored when I saw the original YouTube video of Frances Johnson. After seeing the video, my quest began to hunt down the pattern. It wasn’t as easy as it should be but here are the results.

Google immediately served up these two:

Frankly, the best source for this pattern is one I found completely by accident. I was searching for doily place mat patterns and decided to buy The Crocheter’s Treasure Chest: 80 Classic Patterns for Tablecloths, Bedspreads, Doilies and Edgings (Dover Needlework). Imagine my surprise when I found Popcorn Pinwheel on page 42. I spent a whopping $8.76 with free shipping. read more

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Aran Afghans to Crochet

Aran Afghans to CrochetWhile cruising the book section of Hancock Fabrics last week, I discovered Aran Afghans to Crochet (Leisure Arts #4948). My copy has a different front cover image but the same ISBN number. On first glance, it looks like a reissue of the patterns contained in  Fisherman Crochet Afghans (Leisure Arts #250). I quickly tossed it into the shopping cart, purchased it, and prepared to share the delightful news here. Hmmm…then I noticed the names of the patterns had changed…

So I examined the two leaflets side by side. Wow. Two different authors. Bonnie Barker’s designs (#4948) uses the main panels from Anne Rabun Ough’s designs(#250), adds different side stitches before joining the panels and then calls the designs her own. I suppose technically they are. But Anne Rabun Ough wasn’t given credit anywhere in this leaflet as her inspiration. In my opinion, it’s rather like using someone else’s tune with your own lyrics and then selling the entire song as your own. read more

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31 Vintage Bedspread Patterns to Crochet

Vintage Bedspread Patterns to Crochet

31 Vintage Bedspread Patterns to CrochetEver since I watched the Popcorn Pinwheel Bedspread video, I’ve been wanting that pattern. This morning while searching for something else on Amazon I ran across a kindle version of 31 Vintage Bedspread Patterns to Crochet. To be honest, if they’d had a print version, I’d have ordered that instead. But they don’t so I thought what the heck…on my kindle it went. I actually think there might be an advantage to using the kindle…no pages to wear out and that battery certainly lasts (I have the old black and white kindle…ha).  The instructions are easy to read, pictures, well they are black and white and not the best.
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Afghan Lover’s Collection

Afghan Lover's Collection

Afghan Lover's CollectionI just recently purchased Afghan Lover’s Collection and I’m itching to get started on one of the designs–the hard part, deciding which one. It is packed with an outstanding collection of afghan designs. Rarely do I find so many I want to use in one publication. It even has the Pinwheel pattern I adapted for Tunisian crochet.


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Leisure Arts Quilts to Crochet

Leisure Arts Quilts to CrochetI’ve had several requests for pattern information related to the quilt afghan featured in my afghan videoLeisure Arts Quilts to Crochet leaflet #3542 served as my inspiration. All the patterns in this leaflet are done using the half double crochet stitch but can easily be converted to the tunisian crochet stitch, which I did with my afghan. Other common quilt patterns featured in the leaflet include Log Cabin, Double Irish Chain, and Flocks of Geese.

Unfortunately Leisure Arts no longer prints this little gem. But I found it available through Amazon’s third-party sellers. You might also check out eBay. read more

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